viernes, 16 de enero de 2015

The Copenhagen Wheel

This is the first commercial version of the Copenhagen Wheel, now available for sale.

Self-study activity:
Watch the video and complete the blanks in the transcript with the missing words. The activity is suitable for intermediate students.

This is The Copenhagen Wheel. It turns your ordinary bicycle into a smart electric (1) ... by simply replacing your back wheel. Connect it to your Smartphone, download the app, and you're ready to go. Bicycles are a great way to move around, yet sometimes distances are too long. (2) ... can get in the way. And hard journeys to work may leave you covered in (3) ... . The Copenhagen Wheel is here to change all of that.
The technology was developed over several years at (4) ...  together with the City of Copenhagen, one of the world’s most innovative places for cycling. Its original inventors (5) ... the technology and (6) ...  SuperPedestrian, the (7) ...-... where we are now working around the clock to bring the wheel to you. Like the best riding companion, The Copenhagen Wheel learns how you pedal and integrates seamlessly with your motion. It (8) ... your energy when you brake or go downhill, and gives you a push when you need it with three to ten times your regular (9) ...   ...  . It's easy. Ride it just like a normal bike. As you pedal the motor automatically (10) ...   ...  with no additional throttles or buttons.
All technology for The Copenhagen Wheel is contained within the red casing, including motor, removable batteries, wireless connectivity, smart locking, multiple sensors and an embedded control system. Use your Smartphone to (11) ... your ride, monitor your physical activity, gather information from your environment to share with your friends and fellow cyclists. And if you're a software developer, you can even create your own biking apps. So whether you carry yourself, your kids or your (12) ... , hills seem flat, distances (13) ... and you can cycle just about anywhere.
So transform your bike and transform the city: The Copenhagen Wheel.

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